I.O.O.F. Fidelity Lodge No. 8

58 W Broadway, Butte, MT

Two story lodge hall with cast iron facade built in 1884

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I.O.O.F. Fidelity Lodge No.8

Photo taken by Richard Doody in July 2006

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Description 

The first Butte Odd Fellows lodge, Fidelity No. 8, was established on May 25, 1876. Members of Fidelity Lodge #8 constructed this meeting hall, one of the Butte’s oldest standing buildings, in 1884. The building’s dual function, with second-story meeting rooms and first-floor commercial space, is typical of the period. The cast iron facade, enhanced with intricate prefabricated details, directly reflects the impact of the railroad upon Butte’s architectural landscape. Ready-made elements such as the cast-iron storefront with scrolled columns and Corinthian capitals, metal cornice with decorative brackets, and floral-patterned window hoods were shipped by rail, linking Butte to national architectural trends.

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19th Century (37,674)
Building (4,323)
Built 1884 (481)
Built during 1880s (6,463)
Montana (2,191)
Silver Bow County, Montana (359)

Update Log 

  • September 23, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • July 10, 2018: Added by Richard Doody

Sources 

  • Richard Doody